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Oglaigh na hEireann claim responsibility for bomb planted 'five weeks ago' which sparked alert

The dissident republican group claim the bomb was left there five weeks ago

Dissident republican group Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) have claimed they planted a bomb "five weeks ago" which has sparked the ongoing security alert Co. Londonderry.

The alert is now in its third day with the search area extended and several homes evacuated on Thursday night.

The ONH submitted a statement to the Derry Journal on Friday from the North Derry and Derry Brigade saying that an "improvised explosive device" had been left in the Drumsurn area five weeks ago.

The group claimed previous warnings had been ignored by the PSNI until recently.

The statement also claimed responsibility for a mortar attack and a gun attack in Currynierin and a mortar attack in Strabane.

The ONH also issued threats to "criminal elements within republican organisations" using its name to "extort money".

The statement said: “Having ordered individuals out of the city over recent months we remain the only organisation that does not encourage drug dealers by taking money in exchange for safety.

“Taxing drug dealers does not help our community. It turns a £100 drug dealer into a £10,000 dealer and this will not be tolerated."

The alert was sparked following an anonymous telephone call passed on to police at 2am on Wednesday November 11 which claimed that a device had been left in the village.

Part of the Legavallon Road has been closed to traffic as a result. Diversions are in place.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence continues to ask people in the area to remain vigilant. "If you see any suspicious objects, please do not touch them. Inform police immediately by dialling 999."

The PSNI have been contacted for a response.

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